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Term 3 - week 3

  • Parent-teacher-student interviews
  • Breakfast program
  • ANZAC Writing
  • Words in Winter/Book Week

Once again, thank you to all those families who took the time to attend the parent-teacher-student interviews; a most valuable time to spend discussing your child's progress and goals. If you were unable to make an appointment last week, I ask you to check in with your child's teacher and make an appointment to discuss progress, goals and strategies. The home-school partnership is an important one, and when working effectively, only enhances the education and wellbeing of all children.

This week our breakfast program was again very successful. We will be running this three times per term, the next date is Monday 15 August. There has been a slight change this term in that Food Bank is supporting our fabulous program which is continuing to be run by community members Annette and Alan Thomas who do such a wonderful job and we thank them for this ongoing commitment. So make sure you get along to our next breakfast for some brain food to start the week.

This week in assembly Neil and Bill from the RSL presented our Year 5/6 students with awards for their ANZAC writing. The quality of the writing this year was of a particularly high standard, and we will publish some of the pieces in the coming newsletters. Congratulations go to the following students:
Year 5: Eve and Ruby with Honourable Mention to Alyssa
Year 6: Jaz and Caelan with Honourable Mention to Zenay

Finally, I would just like to highlight the upcoming Words in Winter festival and our Book Week celebration. Over the weekend of the 6th and 7th August, Words in Winter offers an enormous range of events to engage children and adults alike in a passion for writing. Our students take great pride in submitting writing pieces into the school's competition each year. Have a look at the website for a full program of events. Then, on the 23rd and 26th of August as a part of book week celebrations, we will be holding our Dress Up Day and Book Week Presentations respectively. These are all wonderful ways of celebrating and promoting literacy with our students, and we can’t wait to see all the creativity on display again this year.

To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono (U2 member and philanthropist)

David Garner, Acting Principal

Term 3 - week 2

  • P-4 Expo and Incursion
  • Parent Opinion Survey
  • X-Country – State Finals
  • Cultural Awards
  • Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews

Last Thursday and Friday, the P-2 students were involved in a Toy Expo and Puppet Incursion as part of their Integrated Unit. The creativity on display through the toy projects and the enthusiasm of the students was wonderful to see. All Prep, One and Two students should feel very proud of their achievements.

We welcome Mr Francis Comber back into our school for the remainder of the year as teacher of 5/6S. Mr Comber is replacing Sarah Bourke who is heading off on family leave. We wish Sarah and her husband all the best for this wonderful time in their lives. We look forward to hearing all about parenthood, and we know that 5/6S is in good hands with Francis.

Last week, some families will have received a sealed envelope with the Parent Opinion Survey enclosed. This is an anonymous survey given to a computer- generated sample of families. If you received this survey, I ask you to take the time to complete this and return it ASAP. This is very valuable information that we take very seriously. We always welcome feedback and an opportunity to improve our school.

At assembly this week we celebrated the achievements of James (53rd out of 83), Charlotte (27th out of 85) and Sebastian (1st out of 15) who ran in the Cross-Country State Finals in Bundoora last week. These children have trained hard over the past few months and did themselves and our school very proud. In particular, Sebastian has qualified for the national event in Canberra – an outstanding achievement. A timely reminder to us all of what setting and working hard towards goals can help us achieve.

Congratulations must also go to the sixteen Year 3-6 students who received Semester 1 Cultural Awards this week. These children were recognised for their commitment to the areas of Choir, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and LOTE (Italian). They have displayed an ongoing effort ‘above and beyond’ and again, should feel very proud of their work ethic and achievement thus far in these areas. See the attached list of recipients for each area and year level.

Finally, thank you to those parents and students who attended the parent-teacher-student interviews on Wednesday; an invaluable opportunity to discuss with your child and their teachers progress to date and their goals for the future. It has been so good to hear the students articulate their goals and strategies for achieving them.

David Garner, Acting Principal

Term 3 - week 1

  • Welcome to staff members
  • Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews and Curriculum Day
  • Healthy Eating Project
  • Goal Setting

Welcome back to all students, staff and families for Term 3 – a term of goal-setting and hard work. I would like to make a specific welcome to Amy Kinnear (replacing Karen McHugh in 4M), Matthew Spaccatore (replacing multiple LSL roles throughout the term) and Brenda Fry (replacing Carol Fergeus for weeks 1-3); you will make a wonderful contribution to our school this term.

You will have received a note regarding the Parent-Teacher-Student interviews requesting you make a time with your child’s class and specialist teachers for next Wednesday, 20th July. It is important that students attend these meetings to discuss their goals as well as receive feedback about their progress. These interviews will also allow you the opportunity to ask questions and follow up on the Semester 1 reports. Please return the notes as soon as possible to ensure you receive an appointment time. Please note that Katie Yeung will offer interviews for P-2 students from 2:30 to 4:30 on Monday 18th in the Performing Arts room. On Thursday 21st July, we have a curriculum day where teachers will be engaging in professional learning around the Big Write. This has been a wonderful whole school practice that is transforming our teaching and learning practice and this day promises to build on our ability to assess and plan for the teaching and learning of writing. Please note: students are not required for formal classes on both Wednesday and Thursday 20th and 21st July.

At the end of last term, I published our first "Developing a Healthy Eating Culture at DPS" article in the newsletter. I am re-publishing the introductory paragraph in this newsletter with a new health tip provided by Health Promotion Officer, Rheannon Owen, to highlight the ongoing work we are engaging in to improve the health of our school community. School council members, parents, teachers and Community Health have been working hard to develop the school's first Healthy Eating Policy and Action Plan. We are very excited by the scope of this initiative, part of which is provide regular 'tips' in the newsletter to assist with creating healthy lunchboxes for your children. Please have a read of this article further on in the newsletter and stay tuned for more action around this within the school.

Lastly, but certainly not least, our current focus is around Goal Setting with the students. The middle of the year provides a perfect opportunity to take stock of where we have come from and where we want to head for the rest of the year. The students have been, and will continue to be very busy setting goals and identifying strategies and actions to implement in order to work towards those goals. This will form a large part of the interview next week. There is nothing more powerful than the children articulating for themselves what their goals are and having us as coaches and mentors to help guide them and create the conditions in which they can succeed.

"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
– Lao Tzu (Chinese Philosopher)

Our student leaders have been offering a variety of recess and lunchtime activities throughout the year. Here they are being great role models in running the Prep-One 'PALS' Lunchtime activity program on a Wednesday.

David Garner, Acting Principal

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